A police pursuit of a Los Angeles man driving a stolen white van in Long Beach ended in a crash along a narrow residential street that left one woman dead and one suspect in custody on Tuesday, May 7.
Officers spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it near the intersection of Alamitos Avenue and East Broadway at about 11:30 a.m., Long Beach Police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said. The driver refused to pull over, which led to a brief police pursuit.
The van crashed into a black vehicle driven by a woman near the intersection of East Third Street and Temple Avenue, Chavarria said. She and the suspect were taken to a hospital, where the woman died of her injuries. Her identity was withheld pending the notification of her relatives.
Police named Javier Oliverez, 43, as the man behind the wheel of the van, Chavarria said. He was described as a known gang member who was wanted by authorities for a parole violation. The suspect was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, evading a police officer and an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant.
The collision took place in residential neighborhood and along a two-lane street. Foot traffic regularly passes through the area of the crash, which is within blocks of several houses of worship.
Officers found six dogs inside the black vehicle involved in the crash. Chavarria said four died in the collision, but two were taken to a nearby veterinary clinic.